Aldaaron – Nous Reviendrons Immortels

If someone would tell me, 10 years ago, that France would lead the European black metal scene in the 00’s, I’d probably have a laugh. Even recalling the legendary and mysterious Les Legions Noires, the Eiffel Tower and baguettes don’t seem quite an attractive to the whole grim and evil black metal thing, right? Well, France proved me totally wrong, and I’m glad for that. Deathspell Omega, Alcest, Celeste and Peste Noire (just to name a few) were quite good surprises through the mid 90’s and proved that France has quite an edge in black metal. Aldaaron are one of those new bands from France, taking some of the rawness and furious sounds from the LLN together with some acoustic moments. Roaming through forests alone side by side with pagan entities, Aldaaron sound is not entirely new, but they do hook the listener in some really good moments. If you like Immortal or (why not?) early Dissection, you can be sure you’ll enjoy this record. Lyrically, what you see is what you get (if you understand French that is): solitude and despair. And good news: this one has a decent production! (6/10)

António Matos Silva

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Label info: Paragon Records